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Project by Thewoodman2000 posted 06-09-2014 02:43 AM 826 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we moved into our current home we promised the kids we would put something in the corner of the yard for them. This is what was decided on. Yes it was a kit from Sam’s C. but I built it all by myself. It took me just over 17 hours to build. At the store they said it took the 2 guy crew a full 12 hours (each) to build it. I am sure they had lunch and breaks in there too. This was a fun project to construct. No missing parts or hardware. I know its wood form China but it was all in good shape. I was prepared to go and get new boards to cut out a few of the parts but never had too. I think we must have received the primo Swing set box.

The kids have had a blast and my wife and I have had fun watching them!

I will need to seal the wood prior to winter that’s for sure. 1 question should I cover the set during the winter (with a tarp) to help it last longer or could that create more problems than its worth?

Thanks for looking.

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James





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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 02:46 AM

If your kids are like mine a little winter isn’t going to stop them from wanting to swing, slide or play in the house. I’d give it a real good outdoor finish and leave it uncovered for the winter.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 02:51 AM

I agree…give it a good finish and let the winter come. Since Spring is so fickle about when it actually arrives, you can not be sure when to “uncover” it.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 04:05 AM

For me, there’s enough nice days through the winter for them to play that I wouldn’t cover it. Just the annual seal coat.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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dawsonbob

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 04:22 AM

Good work doing the assembly by yourself. That’s one fine play set you have there.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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bake

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 04:52 AM

James,
These are a lot of work. I built one by myself 8 years ago.
It has been uncovered and out in the Utah weather all this time and is still in great shape. It does need a coat of finish though.
My kids have outgrown it and I am thinking about replacing the three swings with one lawn swing.
Your kids should have a great time with this, I know mine did.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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489tad

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 01:47 PM

Nice job! Sometimes kits can be a huge pain in the @$$. I agree with putting on a finish before winter.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 06-09-2014 03:37 PM

There are some happy children, saying Dad is great!!!!!!!! Great work and I too agree, a good finish before winter and leave it out. Jumping off the swings into the snow brings back great childhood memerories.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-09-2014 03:57 PM

That’s a great looking swing set and I’m sure the kids love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-11-2014 01:29 PM

Very cool James.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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